Standing up to Hunger

Jamie Heap
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NSCC’s Early Childhood Education class teams up with Springhill elementary schools, Amherst site to help reduce hunger through the ECE Boo-Nanza Food Bank Drive

The members of NSCC Cumberland's Early Childhood Education Class (ECE) will be accepting food donations in support of its campus food bank in Room 226 through the end November in Springhill. Holding some of the overflow food items are (Back, from left): Shelby MacPhee, Danielle, MacPhee, Mike Allen, Courtney Dowe, Ally Slepner and Jordanna Beal. (Front, from left): Tamara Mackay, Heather Lawrence and Julile Dingman.

SPRINGHILL-Ask and you shall receive. That was the message that Jennifer Dickinson, Nova Scotia Community College’s (NSCC) coordinator of Student Retention, Student Services, received from NSCC’s Early Childhood Education class with regards to fighting local hunger.

“We decided to take it on this year when Jennifer Dickinson asked for one class to take on the food drive to help the Springhill and Cumberland Campus food banks,” stated second year ECE student Jennifer Lawrence of Southampton. “It’s very much needed, especially after Thanksgiving when the food banks are depleted.”

In concert with NSCC’s Amherst site and Springhill’s two elementary schools, NSCC’s ECE class has embarked on such activities as food drives, barbecues and ticket raffles to help reduce hunger at both the community and campus levels.

“Food collected at Junction Road and West End (Memorial) elementary schools will be donated to the local Springhill Food Bank while food collected at the Amherst and Springhill sites stays with them,” explained Lawrence recently.

In addition to the aforementioned, Lawrence and fellow ECE classmate Jordanna Beal spearheaded a new fundraising activity at NSCC’s Springhill site that will raise even more money for the local campus food bank. “We’re selling tickets on two Afghans and a custom made jean blanket made by Jordanna Beal,” said Lawrence. “The Afghans were donated by Jeannie Thompson, my grandmother.”

According to Lawrence, the pink Afghan measures 72 inches by 48 inches while the red one measures 72 inches by 32 inches. The jean blanket fits a double bed.

“It takes a lot of time to lay out the material and figure out where each piece goes,” said Beal with regards to her jean blanket that took her about one week to make.

Tickets on the Afghans and jean blanket, which went on sale on October 31 at noon at NSCC Cumberland’s Springhill site, sell for $2.00 each or three for $5.00. They will remain on sale until Tuesday, November 12. The probable draw date for these items will be the afternoon of November 12 or Wednesday, November 13.

“It is an effort to raise awareness while supporting those unable to advocate for themselves,” stated ECE faculty member Wendy Siddall. “The students went above and beyond. We’ll take donations in Room 226 until the end of November.”

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Student Services, Springhill Food Bank

Geographic location: Junction Road, West End

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